Inachis ioWingspan: 63-69mm
This beautiful large butterfly is one of the easiest to identify. The base colour is chestnut red, marked with black with a purple eyespot on each wing.
Like the Small Tortoiseshell & Comma the Peacock overwinters as an adult, often in outhouses and garages.it can be one of the first butterflies to be seen in the year. It can be seen in most months but is scarce between mid-June to mid-July.
Larval Food plants
Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Woods, Copses, Hedgerows and mature gardens.
Resident, common / frequent and widespread,
Occurs in all suitable habitat.
Earliest county record 1st January 1999 & 2000
Latest county record
28th December 2002